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#545 of 2710 02 Alty issues - catalytic converter
Jul 10, 2003 (12:27 pm)
I bought my 2.5 SL in November 2001.
In November 2002, my "service engine soon" light came on. I took it to a dealer, and the computer "could not find" anything.
It happened on a road trip three weeks ago. Same thing, the dealer cleared the computer because the codes showed no problems.
A couple of days ago, it came on again. I took it in today, and FINALLY, they tell me my catalytic converter needs to be replaced. Thank God for extended warranty <smile>!
I just hate that in less than 2 years, this happens.
My other issue, and I've made a formal complaint to Nissan, is the tires are hard to find. I've gone to Sears, NTB, COSTCO and no one has the tires for that car. The dealer I go to gave me the number to a wholesale tire place here locally and THEY had to search for the tires!
I went online to tirerack.com and found the tires for very cheap -- $44 a piece. I don't like the fact that I have to special order my tires. Nissan could have at least used common size tires!
Other than that, I love my Altima!
#546 of 2710 re cat convert
Jul 10, 2003 (7:33 pm)
Reason your convertor went is because your car is not burning the sulfer out of the fuel, I would replace both 02 sensors, because in 2 years if you keep it you will have the same problem!!!
#547 of 2710 2000 Altima Speedo Problem
Jul 14, 2003 (11:18 am)
Just curious if anyone has run into a similar problem.
I will be driving along at varying speeds and the speedometer, tach, and engine temp gauges will either freeze or just go limp.. The digital mileage reading displays either nothing or funky characters. The effect happens for a few minutes and the unit will "snap" back to where it should be, like with the mileage tally picking up with it left off.
I mentioned it to the dealership and they said it's a Speedo issue... which I can buy, but I don't quite get how that would effect the engine temp gauge and tach.
If anyone has any information, please let me know.
#548 of 2710 Another long 2000 Altima Question
Jul 22, 2003 (1:15 pm)
Ok, I apologize for the length of this in advance.
I got my 2000 Altima about a year ago, with about 24K on it. I got the car from my girlfriends brother who bought it for me at auction. His mechanic checked it out everything seemed pretty good. I keep up the scheduled maintenance (oil changes, filters, etc).
In May, the serpentine belt broke while driving home one night. Had the car towed to a local garage. They ordered a new belt from a Nissan dealer, and had it installed. Paid for it and I thought everything was fine. However, I never needed to use the A/C. When I went to use the A/C in June, all it did was pump out a lot of hot air.
A separate issue, in April, my front windows started to stick on the way up(down worked fine), both passenger and driver. Eventually, the passenger side stopped completely. So, I finally decided to take the car in to get these items fixed.
I get a call the following day saying that I need these items fixed:
1. To get a 30,000 mile tune-up. Cost $299.00, he said probably less as I wouldn't need everything done to it. I said sure at this point.
2. To get the windows working I need a new power window main switch. Cost $119.95.
3. After doing a diagnostic on my A/C (cost $175.00) I need a new compressor as mine has frozen. Cost $850.00.
4. Need the pads replaced on my front brakes ($90 + labor)
Well, I said ok to the tune up, I thought it would be ok, I needed an oil change, rotate the tires, etc and if I am having these problems now with the A/C and windows, lets get it all fixed so I am ok with the windows, brakes and tune-up. I come in on Saturday to pick it up. Total cost $1100.00. I almost choked, I was expecting $600-700, unfortunately, nothing they quoted included labor. That's a new one to me.
Ok so I am about to leave, I check the windows. Guess what, the passenger side doesn't work. They now claim that I had a bad main switch and a bad motor so that they couldn't diagnose the motor. I say bullsh*t they didn't even check. They say if I don't change the motor, the one main switch in the drivers door will short and fail again. They also need to replace the switch on the drivers side. They need an additional $550.00 to fix this after a rebate of $75.00 because of not fixing it before. I have already spent $230.00 on this (120 labor+111 part(main switch)
2. They say the compressor is frozen. The manager dances around what would cause it. I ask about the serpentine belt being replaced earlier as it worked until that point. He says that some wires may have been disconnected which would cause the compressor to stay on at all times having it freeze. I ask if he will put this in writing as I would then like to go back to the other shop who replaced my serpentine belt to see if they will pay for it. However he will not put it in writing.
3. the 30,000 mile service only covers labor. I get charged for 8 units of oil and 2 oil filters. I say no. He says yes. Additionally, I feel nickel and dimed over all of these $5 and $10 charges for trans. fluid, antifreeze, totaling $135.19(includes the 2 oil filters, and 8 quarts of oil)
4. Additionally, I now feel that I didn't need to get my brakes fixed as I don't trust them with anything else they did. Do I really need the brakes to be replaced after 30,000 miles, with labor being $168 and pads $90.
What should I do. They have my car as I wanted the windows repaired but I do not want to pay an extra $500 bills to get it done. Advise?
(sorry about the length)
#549 of 2710 Do your homework before
Jul 22, 2003 (1:46 pm)
you drop your vehicle off, and go over the repairs in person instead of over the phone. A run down to the dealer at lunchtime can save you money.
Additionally, never do services on a 30-60K that aren't listed in the owner's manual. Many dealerships pad their 30-60K services for additional profit.
Question - if they told you the a/c compressor was going to cost $850, how could you expect only a $600-700 bill?
Yes, you could easily need brake at 30,000 miles, but why let the dealer do it? Go back to the original shop or two another private mechanic. In fact, there's no warranty issues, so why not go to a private import shop - the kind that deals with Nissan/Honda/Toyota? They have more at stake than a dealer when doing business and usually don't try to fluff their bills.
#550 of 2710 reply to zueslewis
Jul 23, 2003 (2:20 am)
Sorry if I didn't make that clear. They told me $800 for the A/C which I decided was not worth it. Therefore expecting the windows to be fixed, a regular tune-up, and brakes changed, I figured out $600-700. Unfortunately, my windows still do not work, I have an issue with their billing (some items charged twice) and I've put out $1,100. I thought if I got my windows fixed that I could live without the A/C. Thanks for the advise about the private import shop, always figured that these guys would pad items more than dealers. Unfortunately, I went out of my way to go to this dealer as one of my coworkers had great things to say about the sales side of the place.
I guess my real question is. How do I go from here. At this point all I want is my windows fixed. I don't trust the dealer so I'd prefer to go somewhere else. However, if I go somewhere else I'll probably have to start over. My main question is with the windows. My belief is that it was mis-diagnosed. If the motor needs to be replaced, then replace it. However, I should not have to pay for a switch that I didn't need and the labor that goes along with it.
Is this thinking wrong? I've already fought with them about the over billing and I've gotten nowhere.
#552 of 2710 Any idea on where post 356 went?
Jul 23, 2003 (7:11 am)
#553 of 2710 Recurring tire problem
Jul 24, 2003 (3:05 pm)
Nissans Owners,here I am again about 7 months since my last posting back in December 2002.The two new Bridgestone Turanzas(17" low profile) that I had put on the front of my 2002 Altima 3.5L are once again ready to be replaced with approx. 7,000-7,500 miles on them.I can't even reach the 7,500 mile rotation intervals that Nissan recommends in the owners manual.The vehicle has 18,000 plus miles on it and I will be installing my fourth set of front tires.At 165.99 a pop,this is getting a little ridiculous.I'm still searching for someone out there who has had a similiar problem,but as of right now,nobody has come forward.I will be taking the vehicle back to the dealer once again to get their standard response that there is nothing they can do,it's not a Nissan problem,but a tire problem.Any suggestions or educated opinions?
#554 of 2710 Re: Fuel Intake Problems
Jul 30, 2003 (8:54 am)
I too am having the same problem. I own a 98 nissan gxe. When I put gas in the car it squirts back at me. I have to put a little in at a time. and you're right, it's very scary. Anyone know what causes this?